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Was one of your family involved in World War I?

May 11, 2014

World War I (1914-1918) Centenary research: Dannevirke and districts

Did you know?

  • One Main Body man served 4 years and 182 days overseas and fought in all the major battles from Gallipoli onwards.
  • A farm worker from the district served in Gallipoli, was discharged after being wounded then enlisted in the R.A.F. He became an air ace shooting down between 12 and 19 enemy aircraft. In WW2 he became an Air Vice Marshall, leading the desert airforce and later the combined allied ground support air forces after D-Day.
  • A theology student from the town served as an orderly on the hospital ship Maheno at Gallipoli. Later he joined the infantry and won the M.C. and bar and worked with the legendary Dick Travis V.C.
  • One local boy survived the battle of Chunuk Bair. Only one of two out of his section of 12.
  • Another Gallipoli casualty was one of three brothers killed in the war.

How can you help?

So far the research has concentrated on Gallipoli alone (139 locals have been identified as serving there). I am seeking the names of any Dannevirke area WWI soldiers to add to our research database. The final ambition is to create a list of all those who served in the war and research as much about them as possible.anzac

 

Contact details

Lead researcher is Rob McDonald, author of “Dannevirke, the early years” (email rfmcd1@gmail.com). If you do not have email you could drop the name and any details into The Gallery of History in Dannevirke, or any branch of Tararua District Library. I am happy to check out details of service, etc.

 

Offer of information

If we already have information on individuals we can provide you with copies. (This information includes letters written by the men, a few army records, interviews of the men from the Dannevirke Evening News, Diary and other extracts from the major research libraries).

 

– Rob McDonald (Research facilitator)

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